Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Seasonal variation in expression and localization of testicular transforming growth factors TGF-{beta}1 and TGF-{beta}3 corresponds with spermatogenic activity in roe deer (2005)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Wagener, A
    Fickel, J
    Schön, J
    Fritzenkötter, A
    Göritz, F
    Blottner, S
    Journal of Endocrinology; 187(2) — S. 205–215
    ISSN: 0022-0795
    Pubmed: 16293768
    Institut für Veterinär-Biochemie

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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Adult roe deer males show hormonally controlled seasonal cycles of testicular growth and involution. Mediation of endocrine signals likely requires variable production of testicular growth factors for regulation of testis function. Here we studied the expression pattern of transforming growth factors (TGFs) beta1 and beta3. Total RNA from testis parenchyma was extracted monthly and analysed using quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR. The localization of mRNAs was determined by in situ hybridization, and corresponding proteins were visualized immunohistochemically. Both factors showed different expression levels and different seasonal expression patterns. The TGF-beta1 mRNA content was up to 45 times higher than that of TGF-beta3. Compared with its lowest level in May, TGF-beta1 expression was slightly enhanced during pre-rut (June/July). TGF-beta3 expression increased 5-fold from April to June/July and decreased thereafter to its low in December. This corresponded with changing numbers of spermatocytes and round spermatids, in which both TGF-beta3 mRNA and the protein were mainly localized. The TGF-beta1 mRNA was found in interstitial cells, mainly during the non-breeding season, but also in spermatocytes and spermatids during activated spermatogenesis. The translation product was localized in few spermatogenic cells only. The results suggest that TGF-beta1 and -beta3 are important in regulating seasonal spermatogenesis of roe deer with diverse functions affecting interstitial and spermatogenic cells.